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Race Dates

2018: Sunday, April 29, 2018
2017: Sunday, April 30, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Mostly Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 58°F (14°C)
Average High: 71°F (21°C)
Average Low: 45° F (7°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 96.38
Course Score: 96.38

Race Size

2017: 383 Finishers
2016: 338 Finishers
2015: 498 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 5%
2016: 9.2%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

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Marathon Rankings

The San Luis Obispo Marathon was the 162nd largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 182nd largest in 2016.

Last year 5% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 9.2% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the San Luis Obispo Marathon the 355th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 232nd highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 96.38 ranks it as the 400th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 31st fastest course in California.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the San Luis Obispo Marathon a PR Score of 96.38. This PR Score ranks it as the 372nd fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 31st fastest in California.

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Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 395 feet (120m)
Min Elevation: 127 feet (38m)


Recent San Luis Obispo Marathon Reviews

3.8 Stars from 4 Reviews
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review of 2017 San Luis Obispo Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


The aid/water/gu stations were incredible. They provided more than enough that I wouldn't have I only had I don't know how well supplied they would be. The course was nice and I like the out and back part which meant we got to cheer each other on. I did not expect as many rolling hills which made it tougher, and I would have liked more food at the finish line after completing 26.2 miles instead of just a bag of pretzels, a kind bar and an apple. The race itself was great. The after finish line needs some work.

Race Tips

Rolling hills. Use their gu and even take some extra to keep for future runs (there's plenty and it's like runners gold).

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

There were problems with traffic and parking because it was the first year that they started at this new point. This led them to push the race back a half an hour. Ugh. So give your self at least an hour for just getting into the parking lot once you get off the freeway.

review of 2017 San Luis Obispo Marathon.   

2 / 5 Stars


I liked the small town feel. The first half of the marathon course was mostly flat with a few hills. The second half of the marathon course was mostly all hills. I would not recommend this marathon as your first.

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review of 2015 San Luis Obispo Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Beautiful, great atmosphere

Race Tips

Tons of rolling hills, potential for strong winds.

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review of 2013 San Luis Obispo Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


Professionally organized. Hard to get to the starting line, but once there was good. Nice expo at the finish. Around mile 20, you rejoin the 1/2 marathoners who start 30 minutes after the marathon (they're at mile 7). Most of the 1/2 marathoners you catch are walkers or slow runners. On one hand, it's nice that there are lots more runners on the course (I think there are about 700 marathoners and 2000 1/2 marathoners), on the other hand, you're passing so many, they can clog up the course. For a new marathon, the first was in 2012, it's run very smoothly. The weather has been perfect the first two years; low 50's with fog or a bit of overcast to keep it cool. They're moving it a few weeks later this year (2014), so we'll see.

Race Tips

Train for those hills! They may not be big, but you're always going up or down and can really wear you out.

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Finish Time Equivalent

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